Cyprus leaders make first call after launching CBM on mobile interoperability

The leaders in Cyprus announced on Thursday the implementation of the interoperability of mobile phones across the island, and made the first call to each other.

A statement by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, released by the UN in Cyprus, notes that the confidence building measure aims at improving the communication between the communities and bringing all Cypriots closer together.

The first call took place between the two leaders at 12:45 pm, facilitated by the Special Representative/Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, confirming that the arrangement is now live and working, the announcement says.

It is also noted that the achievement of this confidence building measure underlines the importance of dialogue, trust and co-operation between both sides.

The Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades also discussed the possibility of meeting the soonest possible with the aim of evaluating the situation as regards to the current state of play on the Cyprus problem as well as furthering more potential CBMs which will affect positively the daily lives of all Cypriots, the announcement concludes.

Spehar posted a message on twitter, congratulating both leaders on achieving mobile phone interoperability across Cyprus today. It is a step forward to facilitate better communication and help bring Cypriots closer she says. Join me and connect with each other the UN official concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

The measure to link mobile networks across the divide was among the CBMs the leaders first announced back in 2015. During an informal meeting last February, the leaders decided to implement the CBM on mobile interoperability through separate agreements of the operators on both sides with a hub based in Europe, in order to facilitate greater interaction between the two communities.

Source: Cyprus News Agency